Top-seeded Djokovic won in straight sets with a scoreline of 6-3, 7-6 sealing a spot in the semi-final for the 9th time. Flashes of brilliance every now and then from the German just wasn’t enough on the day.
Novak Djokovic vs Alexander Zverev- First Set
Novak Djokovic started to hit all the right points from the get-go. To start off proceedings, he won his serve and then broke Zverev’s to make it 2-0.
And then a wonderfully executed drop shot coming off the net, saw the World No.1 get to 3-0. The pressure was clearly on Zverev to stage a comeback.
Feeding off Djokovic’s all-round play, the 2018 champion showed nerves to win two matches and take the tally to 4-2.
However, in the next game, Djokovic clawed back from 15-40 to win the game. Zverev would rue the fact that he was unable to convert two break-points.
And thereafter, it was light work for the 33-year-old who pocketed the first set in no time.
Novak Djokovic vs Alexander Zverev- Second Set
Novak Djokovic found a lot more resilient Alexander Zverev at the start of the second set. The German made his intentions very clear by winning the first game.
The World No. 1 then held serve to equalize 1-1. It is interesting to note that all 5 prior Head-to-Head meetings between the two had been won in straight sets.
Zverev had started to hit his straps by putting on a display of some power-tennis coupled with proper placement. It was nip-and-tuck tennis between the two by this time.
Every time Zverev was starting to look a little ominous, Djokovic’s serve bailed him out of trouble. There was a point in the match when Zverev was feeling worked up and out of ideas and careless errors followed.
The German, for the first time in the match, was ahead of the Serb with 4-3. However, that didn’t last long as Djokovic equalized to make it 4-4.
At 6-5, with Zverev in the lead, it felt as if the match would go the distance. But the turning point came when the 23-year-old netted one at 40-30 which gave Djokovic the opportunity to take the scoreline to 6-6.
The tie-break was no different for Zverev than the match so far. He started off well but Djokovic with his tactical play proved to be too good and sealed the match.
Novak Djokovic, thanks to the clinical performance, has booked himself a semi-final spot. He will be up against the force of Dominic Thiem who is pretty much playing his near-best game in the tournament.